How Virtual Assistants are Disrupting Corporate Offices

I didn’t think I would be able to work with multi-billion dollar corporate offices as a Virtual Assistant. One of the most common reasons that companies work with a VA is to save money. So if a corporate office can afford an Assistant onsite, why would they hire an Assistant that never steps in the building?

I was wrong in my thinking and I found this out when a multi-billion dollar company pulled me on to work with them. There are many reasons to hire a Virtual Assistant in a “corporate” office – reasons I had never thought of before.

VA’s are disrupting the mainstream traditional offices and supporting executives in many different capacities.

Here are three reasons why executives in corporate offices are beginning to work with Virtual Assistants:

  1. VAs do not use their positions as a career stepping stone. The main reason my client wanted to work with a VA was because he was tired of training a new assistant every 2-3 years. Though this is not always the case, some people will start their career as anwoman-2773007_1280 assistant with the hopes of moving onto a different position or entirely new job when they’ve “paid their dues”. This is frustrating for an executive because just when they get used to their assistant and feel comfortable, they decide to move to a new role and the executive needs to hire and train someone new. I do not “move on” from my client. I love the work I do as an assistant, as do most other VAs, so the chances of us finding something else to do or move on are rare.
  2. Money. Yes, corporate offices can afford their own assistant. But what I noticed through much of my career working in an office was that it was often the C-level or senior executives who had an assistant devoted to them. This left the Directors and VPs drowning in their workload, plus having to arrange their own travel and schedule/reschedule meetings. By hiring a VA, the company saves sometimes more than 50% than they would on an Assistant’s salary, plus getting the added benefits of freeing up time for their second tier executives to get more work done.
  3. One assistant committed to one executive. For those companies that can afford an assistant for all ranges of executives often face a different problem: there is often one assistant supporting multiple executives. The primary reason for this is cost savings, but in the end it causes internal challenges as there is at least one executive whose work will be shunted to the side as more demanding tasks take up the Assistant’s plate. As one of my clients said, “It’s very frustrating having to share my assistant. My work sometimes gets done right away, but other times I have to wait 2-3 days if another colleague has something more urgent.” With a VA, that problem disappears. Now multiple executives don’t need to have one assistant for all their assignments. Five VA’s for five executives would probably cost the same as one onsite assistant.

When I embarked on my Virtual Assistant journey, I was an Executive Assistant to C-level executives. The companies I worked for ranged from million to billion dollar corporations and had the funds to have an Assistant in office. I was often seated right outside my executive’s door.

I was surprised I was able to serve in that capacity again as a Virtual Assistant. As I continue down the path of being a VA and have worked once again with billion dollar corporations, I realize there is very little that I can’t do for an executive. One of the statements I love to say to people who question a VA in a corporate environment is, “I can do everything an onsite assistant can do…except get your mail.”


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